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Definition of overwhelm verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    overwhelm

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ˌəʊvəˈwelm//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌoʊvərˈwelm//
     
    [often passive]Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they overwhelm
    BrE BrE//ˌəʊvəˈwelm//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌoʊvərˈwelm//
     
    he / she / it overwhelms
    BrE BrE//ˌəʊvəˈwelmz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌoʊvərˈwelmz//
     
    past simple overwhelmed
    BrE BrE//ˌəʊvəˈwelmd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌoʊvərˈwelmd//
     
    past participle overwhelmed
    BrE BrE//ˌəʊvəˈwelmd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌoʊvərˈwelmd//
     
    -ing form overwhelming
    BrE BrE//ˌəʊvəˈwelmɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌoʊvərˈwelmɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1overwhelm somebody to have such a strong emotional effect on somebody that it is difficult for them to resist or know how to react synonym overcome She was overwhelmed by feelings of guilt. The beauty of the landscape overwhelmed me.
  2. 2overwhelm somebody to defeat somebody completely synonym overpower The army was overwhelmed by the rebels.
  3. 3overwhelm somebody to be so bad or so great that a person cannot deal with it; to give too much of a thing to a person We were overwhelmed by requests for information.
  4. 4overwhelm somebody/something (literary) (of water) to cover somebody/something completely synonym flood The wave broke through the wall and overwhelmed the town.
  5. Extra examples She felt completely overwhelmed. The children pressed around him eagerly, overwhelming him with questions. We were totally overwhelmed by the response to our appeal. He totally overwhelmed the Spaniard, 6–2, 6–3,6–2, in the final. She thinks she knows all the answers and always overwhelms me with advice. The office was overwhelmed by the volume of work that was required.
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